So you want a bio huh. Where to start? How about the Post
Office, I worked there after I got out of the Army while
deciding if I should return to college and just generally
deciding what to do with the rest of my life. Thatís where
this picture comes in, my ID was washed (I think the spin
cycle did the most damage.) and dried (Although the heat
probably lead to delamination.) so that where there once was
an official photo left my friend Mark a blank canvas to
doodle a delightful new image on.
Anyways after smoking an awful lot of dope and drinking
warehouses of beer I came to the conclusion that I was a
poet or at least becoming one. What the hell, I always had a
sheet of paper folded in four and stuffed into my apron
pocket, pen in the pencil pocket. The words just flowed out
of me. I knew I was the best and I reveled in the power that
I thought that knowledge gave me. It wasnít just rock and
roll, although I do love it, it was jazz, Miles, Sonny,
Keith, and Monk, ďStraight No Chaser. ď
I hung around the PO for what was it five years but
there was just too much drinking and doping. I wanted to sit
down and write and not get chewed out for it. I wanted to
read until I couldnít hold my eyes open any more, sleep and
wake up to read again. I wanted to study at the university.
I had started part time, going to school during the day and
loading mail trucks at night but just couldnít make it work.
One time, a fat, angry boss asked me what I wanted to do,
work for the Post Office or go to college?
I quit, started school full time and collected on my GI
Bill. Uncle Sam might say that I had wasted his money but I
had the time of my life taking courses in every school,
sampling every discipline. Waiting until the last class to
drop a course I knew Iíd fail. In six years I had 120
credits; it was time to go and I had a general bachelorís
degree and that was about it. Except that I had graduated
from college, woo, who.
Meanwhile I had taken a job at City Hall answering the
phones in the off hours. It gave me plenty of time to read
and write. Being a poet you really donít need anything else.
But Iím getting ahead of the story. Like this thing has a
strong narrative line here anyway.
You know I wore that badge a least a couple of months
until I got tired of the joke and asked for a new one. Ah
the early seventies. And thatís how I became a poet or at
least that part of the story. If you like it tell Mary Ann
you want more. Otherwise I can be writing verse here.
In a small wooden boat
Me in mommas arms and
Dad trying to get that darn
2 HP outboard to start he
Hadnít built it so it didnít
Work well, water lapping
Against stern, gentle current
Carried us into the bay, this
Photograph she gave me
So I should not forget how
One should float into life.
The Pretty Room
Your scent, I turn on the light
Walls washed in pink and pale blue
That shelf delicate knicks, knack. Who
But you could wear that lace. Flight
Of silk or Lycra more than slight
Bare feet in soft pile, come to
Me glowing like those pearls. Night
Or just before dawn on that bed
In the soft knot of almost dream
After unraveling follow the thread
Calling you say trust the stream.
Forgive me for what I havenít said
I am often so close to the mean.
Through cloisterís door, silence
Brushing the hems of penitents
Prostrate in prayer. Forgiveness,
I, their confessor, counselor,
Searching in the dark for
Unseen light. Bits of foolscap
Falling from my sleeves,
Words written for God.
They carry and copy them
Share my supplications. In a
Church as hot and dry as Spain
Itself, I am punished for seeking.
Have I become too important?
After vespers, close your eyes sisters.
This I know. He is with you, sleep.
Copyright © 2010 Mike